Friday, October 27, 2000TIP-MONT, the "crime stoppers" program managed by Montana, Fish, Wildlife & Parks offers substantial rewards to callers who report valuable information on natural resource crimes. If the information leads to an arrest and conviction, the caller may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.
Callers who observe a crime involving big game, fish and vandalism in parks may call 1-800-TIP-MONT telephone line to make a report. Another option is to call the local FWP warden or sheriff's office.
Some of the most valuable calls are those placed immediately after the crime occurs giving accurate, detailed information that helps wardens investigate the crime and identify the criminal. Callers may remain anonymous, if they choose.
Here are some tips to help make a TIP-MONT call a call that gets results.
- When it appears a violation has occurred, gather as many facts as possible and try to write the information down immediately.
- Where and at what time did the violation happen?
- What is the physical description of the people involved, including approximate weight, height, hair color and description of clothing worn when the suspected violation took place.
- Describe any licensed vehicles involved and, if at all possible, get a license plate number, OVH number, boat hull number or plane number.
- Describe any physical evidence, what and where it is. Do not attempt to move, collect or touch evidence as that may make it inadmissible in court or destroy other significant evidence only apparent to a trained investigator.
- Describe any other witnesses and provide detailed information if possible, including phone numbers and addresses.
Protecting Montana's valuable resources is our collective responsibility, and the TIP-MONT hotline is a quick and easy way to help provide that protection.